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Knowledge for Use (K4U)

K4U Case Studies

Case studies have been selected (1) to treat policy areas facing troubles of the kind K4U addresses and (2) to cross-fertilise with the two broad research streams and with each other, with conceptual and methodological advances in one feeding into those of others. Following this Popperian approach, these provide the real tests – and the real sources of data – for results in philosophy of practice. So it is important that (3) they cross a broad spectrum: local and international, physical and mental wellbeing, children and adults, structural and individual change. K4U will also (4) focus on areas where it can provide genuine transformative value on societal challenges by virtue of the special expertise of the research group involved in the project and of the current state of work available, and (5) to address specific problem areas for the humanities and social sciences that Horizon 2020 sees as ‘complex and multi-faceted and need to be thought across disciplines’, notably ‘climate change’ and ‘public health’.

There are a total of six case studies that link across the discplines and instiutions involved in this research.

Case Study 1 Child Welfare UK child welfare: Understanding the underlying system
Case Study 2 International HIV-AIDS International HIV/AIDS policies: Reflecting the experiences, needs, and value of the interned beneficiaries
Case Study 3 Mental Health Mental health in the EU: Providing ‘objective’ evidence for mental health policies
Case Study 4 Health Economies Reconfiguring local health economies: Evidence, policy, practice and participation
Case Study 5 Occupational Health Occupational health, work and wellbeing: Time and space dimensions to policy over the lifecourse
Case Study 6 Climate Change Climate services: Taking values seriously

Contact K4U

Department of Philosophy 
Durham University 
50 Old Elvet, Durham 
DH1 3HN, UK 

Tel: 0191 3346049 
Fax: 0191 3346551 

admin.k4u@durham.ac.uk